starting my new passion #1: New to woodworking, looking for advise

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Blog entry by Gwjames posted 10-21-2014 03:41 AM 2034 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so I am new to wood working, I did a couple very simple projects such as a farm house style table and after built a matching bench for one side, I am a grown man and refuse to sit on a bench so I decided that eventually I would design and build some farmhouse chairs, I didn’t think I was quite ready yet so I built (I am still finishing it) a farmhouse bed. Any body noticing a trend yet? I really like the farmhouse style furniture. Well when I first started I was just using construction grade lumber and now I am starting to use more select grade, still haven’t worked anything but pine but I built my farmhouse chairs out of select pine and I used 2×4’s for the legs, and I love them… BUT I feel like I’m not quite happy with them, I loooove my design and I feel like it deserves a nice wood to go with it. Problem is my table is construction grade lumber and I’m not sure how any other wood would look sitting underneath of it, even if I stain it the same color. I am looking for any and all opinions guys, I have caught the passion now I just need to catch some knowledge haha thanks

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 09:18 AM

OK GW (donkey)

If you are so passionate about woodworking and I have no doubt you are. firstly do not post pictures sideways!
Put them in at the correct orientation so I and other LJs can appreciate and accordingly comment on them.
I do not appreciate getting a crook neck attempting to view your fine work because they are sideways.

OK so the first dump of knowledge (advice) for you from me relates to professional presentation of your work on this site.

When you have them fixed I will comment as they (almost) appear to be worrthy of meritous comment but you not getting it yet.

Enough said.


-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 12:14 PM

I’m not so good with computers, I’ll get on after work and see if I can figure out how to reorientate them

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 08:06 PM

Heeeey there we go.
The chair/s in particular first:

They look great, a really neat and tidy effort along with practical and functional design work there.

How did you connect them?
M and T Joints, Pocketholes, biscuits etc, In the story add as much of the construction brief as you want and all the “silly” questions will be answered beforehand.

And they continue.

The rear legs back did you bend them or cut them to suit?

What is the material? it looks to be a pine or similar variant, is it all solid timber or a combination of solid and ply.

Where the material came from was it pre dressed all that interesting sort of info.

Dont be surprised where LJ get their materials from.

Some get rescued from bogs, found in clean ups, on the side of the highway, fallen down unexpectedly, purpose milled from their own designed mills and all sorts of special “finds” which they love to gloat about !

Add a few words on the construction method and the tools used and your projects will pull a huge audience.

The Bench Dinning setting:

Iam assuming the bench seat dining set was your construction as well due to the fact it bears the same signature pattern of construction.

Again add a few words on the construction methods used and in this case how you finished it, because its the finishing which makes the projects jump out at you.

A word of warning:

Just about everybody who reads this site has an interest in woodworking just like yourself and may possibly copy your work, sometimes they pay the courtesy of asking and some times not. I personally have no problems regarding anybody copying my work as I must have seen it somewhere before to get the idea anyway.

I have copied members methods purely to learn how to do it but always acknowledge the source of the work in the story. Again just a common courtesy there.

However if you post something that is for commercial sale make sure you announce this fact, as to if people take any notice is another issue but its now their responsibility.

The Internet:
The internet its huge and dont be surprised if you happen to Google the title of your work and find the exact pictures apear on a unrelated sites. sometimes with a acknowledgement of the author/source some without, there is nothing you can do about it, apart from not posting the info.

I see a nice bike tucked away in there as well!

Great job well done, lets see some more.

-- Regards Rob

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